Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

35mm film, Technicolor, 1.75:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by John Hough.

Plot Summary

Orphaned brother and sister Tia and Tony have extraordinary psychic powers. They are pursued by the evil Lucas Deranian who passes himself off as their uncle so that he can steal the away from their orphanage for his boss, the millionaire Aristotle Bolt who wants to exploit their remarkable talents. The children are helped by the kindly widower Jason who helps them escape to Witch Mountain where they will make a startling discovery about their true origins.


* = uncredited

Directed by: John Hough
© MCMLXXV [1975] Walt Disney Productions
Walt Disney Productions presents
Executive Producer: Ron Miller
Produced by: Jerome Courtland
Screenplay by: Robert Malcolm Young
Based on the Book by: Alexander Key
Unit Manager-Assistant Director: Fred Brost
Second Assistant Director: Jerry Ballew
Director of Photography: Frank Phillips
Gaffer: Carl Boles *
Film Editor: Robert Stafford
Color by: Technicolor
Music: Johnny Mandel
Music Editor: Evelyn Kennedy
Sound Supervisor: Herb Taylor
Sound Mixer: Frank Regula
RCA Photophone Sound System
Costumes: Chuck Keehne, Emily Sundby
Make-up: Robert J. Schiffer
Hair Stylist: La Rue Matheron
Special Effects: Art Cruickshank, Danny Lee
Art Directors: John B. Mansbridge, Al Roelofs
Set Decorator: Hal Gausman
Locations: Monterey Peninsula, California, USA *; Palo Alto, California, USA *

Eddie Albert (Jason)
Ray Milland (Aristotle Bolt)
Donald Pleasence ([Lucas] Deranian)
Kim Richards (Tia)
Ike Eisenmann (Tony)
Walter Barnes (Sheriff Purdy)
Reta Shaw (Mrs Grindley)
Denver Pyle as Uncle Bene
Alfred Ryder (astrologer)
Lawrence Montaigne (Ubermann)
Terry Wilson (Biff Jenkins)
George Chandler (grocer)
Dermott Downs (truck)
Shepherd Sanders (guru)
Don Brodie (gasoline attendant)
Paul Sorensen (Sergeant Foss)
Alfred Rossi (police officer no.3)
Tiger Joe Marsh (Lorko)
Harry Holcombe (Captain Malone)
Sam Edwards (mate)
Dan Seymour (psychic)
Eugene Daniels (Cort)
Al Dunlap (deputy)
Rex Holman (hunter no.1)
Tony Giorgio (hunter no.2)

Alternative Titles

Den Äventyrliga flykten – Swedish title
Die Flucht zum Hexenberg – German title
Incredibile viaggio verso l'ignoto – Italian title
La montaña embrujada - Spain
La montagne ensorcelée – French title
Pako taikavuorelle – Finnish title

Return from Witch Mountain (1978)
Beyond Witch Mountain (1982)

Escape to Witch Mountain (1995)
Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

Extracts included in
Screen Test: 14 July 1975
Screen Test: 25 June 1976



  • Cinema TV Today no.10126 (22 March 1975) pp.18-19
  • Films and Filming vol.21 no.8 (May 1975) pp.41-42
  • Films Illustrated vol.4 no.44 (April 1975) pp.290
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.231 no.14 (3 May 1974) pp.18 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.235 no.29 (14 March 1975) pp.26
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.42 no.496 (May 1975) pp.105
  • Variety 19 March 1975 pp.29


  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed). p.318 – illustrated credits, review
  • Cyborgs, Santa Claus and Satan: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Made for Television by Fraser A. Sherman pp.64
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis 121 – credts
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.158-159 – credits, review
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers p.32
  • Variety Science-Fiction Movies by Julian Brown (ed.) p.40-41 – credits, review